June 29, 2016. AltaLink hosted members from Treaty 7 in a cultural celebration in Calgary to mark the 20th anniversary of National Aboriginal Day. “We are so grateful to welcome all of these special guests to our office so we can show our respect and appreciation for Aboriginal culture,” said Kris Gladue, manager, Aboriginal relations at AltaLink. “This event is an opportunity for us to highlight for our employees the important relationships we have with Aboriginal communities in Alberta and the unique role they play, as both stakeholders and partners in the work that we all do.” The day prior, there was a teepee raising and pipe ceremony, followed by necklace beading workshops and performances by Métis fiddler Erin Haslam and the Blackfoot Medicine Speaks Dance Company. As well Elder Leonard Bastien helped to facilitate a workshop with AltaLink employees to teach them about Aboriginal culture and the importance of working in collaboration with Alberta’s Aboriginal communities.
A round dance is part of the celebration on National Aboriginal Day in Calgary hosted by AltaLink. (Photo: AltaLink)